“It is difficult to imagine a piece of theater more perfectly suited to our jittery, antagonistic American moment than Quietly.” – New York Times
Irish Repertory Theatre
in association with The Public Theater presents
The Abbey Theatre’s production
by Owen McCafferty
directed by Jimmy Fay
Extended through September 25th!
Belfast is a place where things need to be said. Following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the guns were silenced but the chasm between the Republican and Unionist sides remains wide and bitter. Tonight, in a small back-street bar, while Northern Ireland plays Poland on the TV, Jimmy and Ian will meet for the first time. They share a violent past and this is a conversation that’s been brewing for more than 20 years…
Quietly is a story about what happened in a particular bar in 1974, but also what happened in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s to the late 90s. It is a “powerful, “gripping” play about violence and forgiveness and the ‘spiritual lesson of time and healing.’ After enjoying huge international success, the Abbey Theatre brings this important new work to Irish Rep.
Part of the 2016 1st Irish Festival
Irish Rep’s engagement of Quietly is supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, McCann FitzGerald and the Abbey Theatre Foundation.
★★★★ “ROCK SOLID… GRABS YOU BY THE THROAT AND DOESN’T LET GO.” Time Out NY
★★★★ “TRULY REMARKABLE… LIKE WATCHING AN EGGSHELL TRY TO CONTAIN A LANDMINE” Time Out Dublin
“SUPERB…BOTH HARROWING AND HEARTENING.” – The New Yorker
★★★★★ “The phrase ‘unmissable’ is often used to describe shows. This one really deserves it. Quietly puts me in mind of the first time I saw my father cry. The fear and vulnerability in this production is both soul-searingly honest and darkly entertaining. A true powerhouse.” – Edinburgh Festival Magazine
‘The best new play of the year in Owen McCafferty’s Quietly‘ – Irish Times
★★★★★ “The most powerful theatrical production I have had the privilege of seeing” – Metro Herald
★★★★ – Irish Examiner
★★★★ “GRIPPING” – Evening Standard
★★★★ “EXPLOSIVE.’ – Guardian
★★★★ “PERFECTION” – Scotsman
★★★★ “REMARKABLE” – Telegraph
★★★★★ “ELECTRIFYING” – Financial Times